Indirect Instruction: Definition & Strategies


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What is indirect instruction?

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1. A science teacher puts all the materials needed to build a miniature desalination plant on each of the group workbenches in the science lab. She then asks the students to separate into their assigned groups and build the plant with only what has been placed on the bench. Which form of indirect instruction is the teacher using?

2. An English Literature instructor wants students to learn more about what influenced authors during the Great Depression. He assigns specific authors from that time period to students. He wants students to learn all they can about the author they have been assigned and then come together in groups to discuss the authors and how they are similar or different and how the Great Depression may have impacted their writings. Which method of indirect instruction was used?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use the printable worksheet and interactive quiz to quickly assess your knowledge of indirect instruction. Different strategies for this type of instruction are addressed on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these resources, you will be tested over:

  • Form of indirect instruction that works best with older students
  • Indirect instruction style that works well when categorization is needed
  • Meaning of indirect instruction
  • Type of instruction that focuses on separating into groups in order to figure out problems
  • The indirect instruction method exemplified by assigning students specific topics to research in depth

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different forms of indirect instruction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding what indirect instruction means
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding an instruction style that works well with classification and categorization and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To further your knowledge of this type of instruction, go through the lesson called Indirect Instruction: Definition & Strategies. Thanks to this lesson, you can get more familiar with:

  • Purpose of indirect instruction
  • Examples and diagrams illuminating the different types of indirect instruction
  • The importance of group work in indirect instruction